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Should we be worried about Turkey?

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It seems like too crappy of a country and too far away to make a difference to the U.S. economy. But there are dissenting voices out there who say to be very afraid.

Why do banks keep over-lending to crappy countries? They keep doing it over and over again.

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August 13, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International

Free Maria Butina

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So she gave some speeches at NRA meetings. And she also talked to her friends back in Russia.

I thought this was a free country and even people here on visas had freedom of speech and freedom of association. I am sure that there are huge numbers of Canadians and Mexicans in the country who have the same level of involvement in U.S. organizations.

Is this sudden arrest and indictment done to promote the Deep State’s Russia narrative?

How would the U.S. feel if a U.S. citizen were imprisoned in a foreign country because they gave a speech to some group that was unpopular with that country’s government? We would be screaming about how it’s anti-Democratic and that she should be immediately released.

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July 24, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in International, News

Maid Cafes: only in Japan

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https://favy-jp.com/topics/189

There would never be anything like this in the United States. American feminist women would go crazy, and American men would rather go to strip clubs (which are considered less demeaning to women than dressing up in costumes and acting cute).

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July 20, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International

Only Trump

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This post is repetition, but it needs to be repeated.

I wish that we could have had a president with the demeanor of Mitt Romney, but who, like Trump, put America first and wasn’t a cuck to the America-hating fakestream media.

But Mitt Romney wasn’t running in 2016. Jeb Bush was running, and Jeb Bush would have been a total cuck to the fakestream media and the deep-state establishment. And Jeb Bush would never have become president because he never would have won over the votes of prole whites in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Trump tried to improve relations with Russia, for the benefit of world peace, in the face of the fakestream media going all-out to sabotage his foreign policy. He did what every other American president has done, meet with his Russian counterpart, but where Obama got praise and a Nobel Peace Prize, Trump gets only hatred from the fakestream media.

If there is a Trump doctrine, it is that we have to accept foreign countries the way they are, and not turn them into copies of Western democracies. Russia has never had a democratic government like the United States, but the Trump doctrine is that we can still be friends instead of trying to sabotage their government for not being exactly like America or Germany. And realistically, the Chinese are much worse than Russia when it comes to freedom, and a much bigger threat to the world with a much larger population and a much larger economy.

Sure, an America-first Mitt Romney (who doesn’t exist) would have done a much better press conference.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 18, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International, Politics

What Putin said

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This is what Putin said at the press conference:

We can actually permit official representatives of the United States, including the members of this very commission headed by Mr. Mueller, we can lead them into the country and they will be present for this questioning.

But in this case, there’s another condition. This kind of effort should be a mutual one. Then we would expect that the Americans would reciprocate and that they would question officials including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States, whom we believe have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia. And we have to request the presence of our law enforcement.

For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over one and a half billion dollars in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russian army in the United States and yet the money escaped the country, they were transferred to the United States.

They sent huge amount of money – 400 million – as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

Well, that’s their personal case, it might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal.

So we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest of questioning them. That can be a first step and we can also extend it. Options abound.

And they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

So there are two things of note here

1. Putin will allow Mueller’s people to interrogate Russians in Russia if the U.S. returns the favor by allowing Russia to interrogate U.S. intelligence officers who Putin believes committed crimes against Russia.

2. Putin claims that U.S. intelligence officers helped a Mr. Browder to transfer $400 million of illegally earned [according to Russian courts] money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

These statements by Putin have been totally ignored by the fakestream media.

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Bill Browder is a hedge fund manager who used to invest in Russia, originally American but who renounced his American citizenship to become British to avoid paying U.S. taxes, who has had a public feud with Putin about various stuff. Browder was convicted for tax evasion, in absentia, to 9 years in prison. Magnitsky, for whom the Magnitsky sanctions act was named after, was Browder’s attorney.

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Additional comments

1. Of course there are U.S. intelligence officers guilty of crimes against Russia. They spy on us, we spy on them, everyone knows that. Normally what to do about spying by foriegn countries is a diplomatic issue for the president to decide on, and not the province of a rogue prosecutor at the DoJ. For example, Obama decided to ignore a massive amount of cyberespionage by China, and he didn’t have to deal with his own DoJ undermining his policy of appeasement. Loretta Lynch would have fired anyone doing that.

2. All those rumors about dirt that the Russians had on Hillary Clinton, is this the dirt? If it’s for real, would the fakestream media even report on it?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 17, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in International, News

Trumpdate 2

Investor’s Business Daily editorial:

After decades of weakness, appeasement and shrieks of “McCarthyism” every time anyone in the GOP or a conservative criticized Democratic support for Soviet Russia or communism, the Democrats now have some nerve accusing Trump of treason.

A reminder to the treasonnauts: In talking to Putin, Trump was talking to someone who has an extensive nuclear arsenal, a large army, huge natural resources, extensive geographical influence, and a seat on the U.N. Security Council, with veto power. To not talk to him at all would be foolish and dangerous. Calling it treason is idiocy.

It’s one thing to say Trump shouldn’t meet with Putin because of a lack of substance, as we did above. Or it’s bad timing. Fair criticism by a loyal opposition is always good.

But it’s quite another to argue Trump’s committed a heinous crime just for talking to another world leader. This crosses a line. It not only poisons America’s political well, but it further divides the electorate and increases the likelihood of violence in coming elections — something far-left Democrats seem to relish as a way to gain power in the next election.

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July 17, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International, Politics

Flashback: In 2012, Obama mocks Romney for saying that Russia is a threat

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July 16, 2018 at EDT pm

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Roosh is banned from England

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July 11, 2018 at EDT pm

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Anthony Bourdain goes to Libya

This is the fourth episode of Parts Unknown, and it takes place shortly after the fall of Gaddafi.

I didn’t like this episode. It was too political, too much about Bourdain celebrating the end of Gaddafi and the alleged “freedom” that Libyans could now enjoy. Looking back six years, an honest appraisement of the situation is that the average Libyan was much better off under Gaddafi. There was free healthcare and education, no sectarian violence, hardly anyone went hungry. It was a functioning socialist country. Post-Gaddafi Libya has been a never-ending civil war with rising Islamic extremism. I say that Anthony Bourdain was dead wrong in his optimism. The pessimism of commenters at alt-right blogs was dead on the money.

Leaving politics aside, Bourdain ate at a fast food restaurant that was an imitation of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and he ate a breakfast that was some batter with an egg in it that was deep fried, kind of like a combination of a donut and an egg sandwich. Bourdain is cool for not worrying about fat or cholesterol.

Bourdain attends a barbecue where a live goat is brought in and it’s slaughtered and butchered on the spot! Wow, I envy him for eating meat fresher than I will ever experience in the United States. If you tried to have a barbecue like that here, there would probably be a bunch of pansy vegans protesting the “cruelty” to the goat. Plus half of even the meat-eating guests would still be grossed out be seeing where the meet actually comes from.

Another thing I noticed is the camaraderie that men have in a sex-segregated culture. Eating out is an activity for men to do with other men, it’s not for women. And the men seem to have a good time together. Maybe Islam isn’t so bad as long as it’s not taken to crazy extremes?

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June 14, 2018 at EDT am

Lion analysis of North Korea summit

This is what Trump and Kim agreed to:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

So in other words, Kim has signed onto the narrative that in exchange for “peace” there needs to be a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

And then, today, in a symbolic gesture of peace, Trump called off military exercises with South Korea. This is just a gesture, it would be very easy for the United States to restart military exercises.

Much harder to restart are sanctions, once lifted, and notably there has not yet been any move on lifting sanctions.

This is much better than Obama’s crappy deal with Iran. In exchange for lifting sanctions and unfreezing of Iranian assets, Iran only had to agree to cease certain nuclear activities until the year 2031 (well short of “complete denuclearization”), after which Iran can start them up again, and in the meantime Iran is allowed to continue to fund Shiite terrorists throughout the Middle East. And that’s a case where Obama held all the military leverage, the United States could have taken over Iran as easily as we took over Iraq.

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June 12, 2018 at EDT am

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